2KEH 'T-Z'

TAYLOR, Charles Walter. 673. Sergeant. KIA 3/01/1916 aged 29, shot through the heart whilst on a working party. Son of Walter and Alice L. Taylor, of 17, Cromford Road, Wirksworth, Derbyshire. BERKS CEMETERY EXTENSION, Belgium.

THOMPSON, R. B. Second Lieutenant, pair of Officer's shoulder chains held by National Army Museum.

THOMSON, A. G. 311. Squadron Serjeant Major. KIA 20/06/1915. From Argentina. BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, France.

THOYTS, Harry Newman Morgan. Brevet Colonel Thoyts (often misspelt Thoytes), late 8th Hussars, who assumed command of the Reserve Squadron, 2nd KEH (and simultaneously Officer in Command of Kilkenny Barracks), 17/3/1917 named in Figure 160.

VAN AGNEW, Frank. 1112. Served in Roosevelt's Rough Riders (1st United States Volunteer Cavalry) in the Spanish-American War.  Frank Vans Agnew left America in 1914 and claiming to be 40 (rather than 46) enlisted in 2nd King Edward’s Horse. He arrived in France in 1915 at Festubert and was given a commission. After attending the Machine Gun School he was at the Somme before volunteering for the Tank Corps. In 1917 he was wounded at Messines, where he won his MC 17/07/1917. He demonstrated his tank for King George. He fought at 3rd Ypres and was wounded and captured at Cambrai in November 1917. Over the next 12 months he was held as a POW at Hannover, Karlsrűhe, Heidelberg and Furstenberg. A fine Great War M.C. group of four awarded to Captain F. Vans-Agnew, ‘B’ Battalion, Tank Corps, and King Edward’s Horse, for the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917. Military Cross, G.V.R., reverse neatly inscribed ‘Captain Frank Vans Agnew, Tank Corps, Messines, 6.7.17’; 1914-15 Star (1112 Pte, K. Edw. H.); British War and Victory Medals (Capt.) M.C. London Gazette 16 August 1917. The recommendation states ‘On 7 June 1917, this officer guided his tank with great coolness and judgment up to the Oosttaverne Line and rendered considerable assistance to the infantry. When the camouflage carried on the tank was set on fire he got out, under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, to assist in putting it out. He was wounded in doing this, but continued to command his tank and brought it back to its rallying point after the action.’ Only six Military Crosses to the Tank Corps for the Battle of Messines, 7 June 1917. Extensively researched in  'Veteran Volunteer: Memoir of the Trenches, Tanks and Captivity 1914 - 1918' by Frank Vans Agnew MC edited by Jamie Vans, Pen & Sword Books, 2014. Medals sold at auction by Dix Noonan Webb, UK in April, 2004.

VAN BLERK Albert D. J. 315. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915 and KIA 26/05/1915 at the Battle of Festubert. Le Touret Memorial, France.

WATTON, W. H. J. 1314.  KIA 12/08/1915.

WILSON, W. T. Private. Died in service 1/03/1919. Gravestone in Kilkenny (St. John) Church of Ireland Cemetery, Ireland.

WORSLEY-WORSWICK, B. H. Second Lieutenant  Basil Worsley-Worswick was executed in the Easter Rising 29/04/1916.  Lieutenant Lucas was executed on a false charge of being a spy and without trial, at the Guinness Brewery by Company Quartermaster Sergeant Robert Flood of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who mistook him as a participant in the Easter Rising, supposedly because of his American-sounding accent. Executed along with Lucas was the Guinness Brewery's night clerk, the equally innocent William John Rice, who had accompanied him to Flood's position. When neither Lucas nor Rice returned to their position, Lieutenant Basil Worsley-Worswick and Cecil Eustace Dockeray (a friend of Rice and fellow Guinness employee) went to investigate and Flood then ordered their execution as well. The murderous sergeant was finally disarmed by a certain Captain Mariott. (Portrait photograph in uniform).

WRIGLEY, Christopher James Oswald. Trooper, 315, 2nd King Edward's Horse.  Born 1894 in Hendon, educated Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.  Elder son of Mr. & Mrs. Oswald Osmond Wrigley of Shackleford House, Shackleford. Joined 2KEH soon after the outbreak of WW1, arrived in France on 2 May 1915 aged 21.  He was shot in the head and died instantaneously whilst standing by his machine gun three weeks later on 26 May 1915 at the Battle of Festubert. No known grave, commemorated on Le Touret Memorial (Panel 1). In memory of their son Mr. and Mrs. Wrigley presented to the Shackleford Parish Church a window and lights in 1916. The work of Messrs. Powell & Son, it is of beautiful design and workmanship. The principal figures are of St. Michael and St. Gabriel and in the lower lights are groups respectively representing the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and John the Baptist and the Virgin and St. John at the foot of the Cross.  (Portrait photograph in civilian clothes).